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Panic in the Parlor (1956)

Sailor Beware (original title)
Battle-axe Emma Hornett dominates her hen-pecked husband Henry, his meek sister Edie and daughter Shirley. Shirley is to marry young sailor Albert,raised in an orphanage,and he and best man... See full summary »

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Battle-axe Emma Hornett dominates her hen-pecked husband Henry, his meek sister Edie and daughter Shirley. Shirley is to marry young sailor Albert,raised in an orphanage,and he and best man Carnoustie stay with the Hornetts on the eve of the wedding, though Emma makes sure the stag night is a brief one. Next day Albert fails to show up for the wedding. He eventually turns up at the house and confides in the vicar that if family life is anything like the Hornetts he wants no part of it. When the Hornetts are told this Emma declares that she sees that has been a "very wicked woman" and will mend her ways but, as the young couple eventually marry and move into their own house , one wonders how long her change of heart will last. Written by don @ minifie-1

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24 March 1958 (Denmark)  »

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First full length feature film of Peggy Mount. See more »

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Henry Hornett: [hearing Emma sob from behind the door] Has she been listining! Let me get out of here while I'm still alive!
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Version of Seemann, gib acht! (1997) See more »

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Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
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Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
Arranged by Lambert Williamson
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Peggy Mount at her very best!
21 June 2006 | by (Madeira) – See all my reviews

In contrast to the previous commentator, I found this film delightful from beginning to end. A splendid fast and furious script with some rare tear-jerking comedy from excellent performances all-round. This really had me on the edge of my seat waiting for the next farce. A simple straightforward domestic story line of newlyweds and a sailors life with mother-in-law Peggy Mount, most definitely at her best in this rare and not to be missed 50's classic. The foreseeable doom of marrying the daughter of a notorious battle axe and living next door becomes all too much for the young sailor who accompanied by his "best man" friend try to tackle ever more confusing situations. This is a film that in its own way describes the foibles of everyday 1950's life. See it if you get a chance as its rarely screened.


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